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Career Opportunities in Horticulture. November 29 & 30. Why is it good to know this?. 2 reasons: Good to know that horticulture is so much more than basic farming Always good to know what jobs are available in a particular field if you are considering changing your major or adding a minor.

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Why is it good to know this?

  • 2 reasons:

    • Good to know that horticulture is so much more than basic farming

    • Always good to know what jobs are available in a particular field if you are considering changing your major or adding a minor

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Production Nursery

  • Growing plants in containers or fields

  • Sold on wholesale market

  • Propagation by seed, cuttings, or grafting (ex: fruit trees)

  • Plants grown:

    • Trees (shade, fruit, evergreen)

    • Container plants (annuals and


  • Career examples: Propagator, Field Supervisor, Sales and Marketing

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Landscape Contracting and Architecture

  • Landscape Contracting

    • Constructing, establishing and maintaining landscapes that range from small residential projects to large commercial projects

  • Landscape Architecture

    • Focuses to design large, public spaces that have environmental, socio-behavioral and ecological benefit



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Landscape Nursery

Preparation of sites used for landscaping

Purchasing and planting shrubs, trees, vines, turfgrass

Work with landscape architect or designer

Career examples: construction supervisor and superintendent, designer, salesperson

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Landscape Maintenance

Caring for established landscape

Mowing, spraying, fertilization, pruning, weed control, and planting

Excellent way to begin a successful business if knowledgeable about plants

Career examples: crew supervisor, salesperson

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Herbaceous Plant and Seed Producers

Commercial growers of ornamental and vegetable crops

Develop new cultivars and propagate plants

Career opportunities: plant breeder, propagator, independent grower, salesperson and dealer

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Retail Nursery (Garden Center)


Plants and items to care for plants sold directly to consumers

Can be part of a chain store or independently owned

Career examples: buyer, landscape designer, plant technician

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Arboretum, Botanical and Horticultural Gardens

Plant collections for study by the general study by everyone both in and outside of the horticultural field

Arboretum – collection of trees in a natural setting

Botanical garden – plant collection habitat

Horticultural garden – many horticultural plant varieties arranged to be aesthetically pleasing

Career examples: writer, researcher, propagator, educational director, librarian, curator, greenhouse manager

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Growing floral plants and materials

Career examples: grower, production, marketing, inventory

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Wholesale Florist

Merchandizes cut flowers and related goods

Work closely with retail flower shops

Career examples: manager, buyer, sales

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Retail Florist

Sells cut flowers and houseplants (foliage plants, flowering plants, container gardens) and terrariums

Main markets include weddings and formal occasions

Career examples: manager/owner, designer

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  • Production

    • Olericulture – production, storage, processing, and marketing vegetables

    • Pomology – fruit and nut production

    • Crops are grown, processed and shipped to both US and global markets

    • Career examples: manager, processing field technician

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Cleaning, grading, packing, applying chemicals or treatments to reduce spoilage and damage in transit

Career examples: sales agency, broker, post-harvest physiologist, marketing and promotional organization

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Turfgrass(Horticulture and Agronomy)

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  • Sod Production

    • Production of sod on sod farms

  • Turf Establishment

    • Establishing sod, sprigs and seed for recreation, ornamental, utility or sports use

    • Career examples: construction and

      planting superintendent

  • Golf Course Design and Maintenance

    • Design, manage, maintain golf courses

    • Career examples: golf course architect, superintendant, landscape technician

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Horticultural Areas

  • Horticultural Therapist

    • Helps individuals with heath problems and disabilities

    • Works with the physically and mentally disabled, nursing home and mental intuition patients, and those with learning disabilities

  • Consultant

    • Advises growers and industry professionals

  • Communicator in Horticulture

    • Prepares and presents educational presentations to the media and garden clubs

    • Writes magazine or newspaper articles relating to plants

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More Horticultural Areas


  • Plant Inspector

    • Participates in activities designed to prevent spread of pests and monitor populations

    • Inspect shipments coming into the country

    • Jurisdictions at the local, state, and federal levels (ex: USDA-APHIS)

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Careers Related to Academia

  • Agriculture Education Teacher

    • High school, technical schools, community college, arboreta, public gardens

  • Cooperative Extension Agent/Horticultural Specialist

    • Work as part of the agricultural department for a land grant university to provide information to the public and to local farmers

    • Works with 4-H, home gardeners, commercial producers, processors and distributors of horticultural crops

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Careers Related to Academia

  • Professor

    • Teaches and does research at the university level different disciplines of horticulture

  • Research Scientist / Technician / Assistant

    • Works to improve horticulture crops through research and develops more economical and effective techniques for all aspects of crop production

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Horticultural Sciences Department

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To find out more….

  • General information


  • For info. about majors and minors

    • Major options:


    • Minor:


  • Horticultural Sciences Department Undergraduate Coordinator

    • Dr. Rebecca Darnell: [email protected]

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Presentation References

  • Schroeder,C.B.; Seagle, E.D.;Felton, L.M.; Ruter, J.M.; Kelley, W.T.; and G. Krewer. 2004. Achieving Success in Horticulture, p.16-49. In: Introduction to Horticulture. 4th ed. Pearson Education by Prentice Hall Interstate Publishing Company, Upper Saddle River, NJ.